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    I would instead fly into Munich.

    Munich, then Austria, then Switzerland, then France all by trainb... fly to copenhagen, train to Stockhom, fly to Lapland then fly to Turkey.

    Generally, short train hops work best. You move and train in the morning, get to your hotel by 2 or so and can go do something and stretch your legs in the afternoon.

    So something like this ...

    fly to Munich.

    5 nights Munich
    It sounds like a lot but you will be jetlagged. plenty to do, take it slow and enjoy it.

    4 nights Salzburg
    (munich to Salzburg <2 hrs)
    Austria in winter is spectacular. Vienna is a long day trip, but doable if you really want.

    3 nights Innsbruck
    (Salzburg - Innsbruck <2 hrs)
    Mountains, scenery, winter and snow ... so amazing. (I put this in as Munich-Vienna-Salzburg is pretty log hops and doesnt work as well. and Salzburg to Lucerne is 6.5 hrs which is too long with little kids. Keeping the trips shorter means you will enjoy what you see so much more)

    4 nights Lucerne
    (innsbruck - Lucerne = 4.5 hrs)
    Lucerne is a great base to get around Switzerland. the trains are fabulous and Lucerne is pretty central. that train trip is pretty amazing too.

    2 nights in Lyon

    (Lucerne - Lyon 5.5 hrs)
    Is there a special reason for Lyon? If not I would skip it and go direct to Paris. Paris is only 4.5 hrs as fast trains and direct routes ... and then either do day trips from Paris into champagne/Loire valley or chartres etc.

    7 nights in Paris
    Lyon - Paris is 2hrs

    fly Paris - Denmark

    4 nights Copenhagen

    3 nights Stockholm
    Copenhagen - Stockhom is 5.5 hrs

    overnight ferry - stockholm to Helsinki

    3 nights helsinki

    fly to Rovanemi

    5 nights rovanemi

    fly to Istanbul

    5 nights Istanbul/Turkey



    cutting out the 2 nights in Lyon - that is 46 nights.

    If it were me, I would think carefully about Copenhagen. I have included Stockholm and Helsinki because they fit with your itinerary and otherwise you are spending basically a day flying to Copenhagen, spending a few nights there and then another day flying to Finland. Better to actually spend a while there and see something.

    But if it were me, I would spend more time in Germany/france/switzerland ... even Italy - and fly from France to Rovanemi and then to Istanbul.

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    this site

    http://fahrplan.sbb.ch/bin/query.exe/en?

    gives connections and train times for all European trains ... is super helpful to try and work out an itinerary

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    What about doing overnight movements on a sleeper train? You can get a train from Helsinki to Rovanemi it takes about 12 hours but has sleeper carriages. I did it as a student and had a great time (also santas village is still magical at any age- I was 21 and loved every minute. And I got to meet Santa!!!)

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    ok - so what I would do

    fly to Florence

    5 nights Florence

    (Florence - Montreux - 5 hrs)
    3 nights Montreux

    (Montreux - Paris 4.5 hrs)
    7 nights Paris

    (Paris - Lucerne - 4.5 hrs)
    4 nights Lucerne

    3 nights Innsbruck
    4 nights Salzburg
    4 nights Munich


    3 nights somewhere else in Germany (between Munich and Berlin as this train trip is 6hrs+ thought could be cut if you want to reduce the number of nights)

    4 nights Berlin

    fly from Berlin to Rovanemi
    5 nights Rovanemi

    fly from Rovanemi to Instanbul
    5 nights Istanbul


    and give up Copenhagen ...


    This itinerary means as few flights as possible. Honestly, flying is horrible. You see nothing but an airport and it takes the better part of a day. Trains you at least see the scenery which is usually amazing.

    Staying longer means that you get to know some of these places, you give yourself a chance to fall in love with them. The trip is supposed to be fun, and it wont be if you are too busy rushing from place to place to try and squish everything into it.

    better to see less, and really enjoy what you do see.


    florence is amazing any time of the year. Lots and lots to do.
    Montreux is apparantly absolutely spectacular near christmas time. Christmas markets are supposed to be really great.

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    Love the suggestion thanks heaps! I will research them tonight. Anyone else want to suggest what they would do is welcome.

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    Hoes the planning coming along


 

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